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Friday, December 18 2020


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But even a warm bed is not entirely safe. As Aamya sleeps, she is breathing in more pollutants than most children in the world. It is far worse for Monu. As he arranges the mosquito netting around his bed and lies down, his exposure is over twice as high as Aamya’s. There is no escape for him. The most polluted part of his day happens at home, as he sinks into his dreams.

That’s the conclusion of a brilliant interactive New York Times feature which follows two kids in Delhi over the course of a day in December. One lives in a South Delhi apartment, while the other in a trans-Yamuna hut. The aim: to track each child’s exposure to pollution. The best journalism forces us to really ‘see’ what is right in front of us. This is as good as it gets.

Big Story

The story of an iPhone factory in India

The TLDR: When Apple manufacturer Wistron set up shop in Naraspura, Karnataka, local residents were excited and proud. But a worker riot has shattered those dreams, and many are now instead in jail. The clash at Wistron reveals the tension between aspiration and reality of an atmanirbhar Bharat that will supply products to the world.

 

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Earthquake triggers panic in NCR
  • China reveals plastic pollution challenge
  • Santa Claus pays an unwelcome visit
  • Pregnant women excluded from three-quarters of Covid trials

 

Weekend Advisory

  • A fascinating read on handmade pornography
  • Tom Cruise’s big Covid safety rant says more about his ego than his virtue.
  • Yes, there is such a thing as “toxic positivity” and it is on the rise.
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